Aug

22

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Our second dive in Point Addis Marine Park was off Ingoldsby Reef. This is a shallow site, but has some great terrain and amazing algae communities. A Giant Cuttlefish, put on a menacing display like i’ve never seen before… Contorting his tentacles to make himself look as grotesque and alien as i’d ever seen. He even started mimicing the swaying weed in an attempt to mesmerize me.

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Aug

22

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: On a fairly cold and wintery day, we headed out from Pt Roadknight to check out a couple of sites in the Point Addis Marine Park. The first was a site called Mole Hills, but we missed the site and it made for a fairly uninteresting dive in low profile reef terrain.

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Sep

6

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: Further down towards Pt Addis we sounded out around an ancient river gully, and found an interesting section of river bank. More lush algae reminiscent of the rest of the point addis marine park, but the terrain wasn’t all that interesting. On the way back to the boat i came accross a large bait ball that was being hit by terns and a few dolphins and seals that we saw topside on the way to the area.

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Sep

6

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: Misty Reef, so named because of the bizaar visibility on the day, was a random site we sounded up out off Anglesea on the top of the crater. The terrain was very unusual, and we got a good mixture of sightings include a whooper squid and a pregnant Draughtboard shark. At the end of the dive we found a nice overhang, but a majority of the reef was a flat depression covered in beaded algae creating a strange atmosphere with the misty vis.

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May

29

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: This second dive was a vast area of undulating terrain. After first dropping in, a wall covered in zooanthids was the first the first feature of the dive…it reminded me of some of the wall in the heads. In the distance could be seen large rising mounds, that first appeared small, but rose from 20m up to 10m and were really interesting to explore. This is a large area and really needs a couple more dives to get a gist of whats around.

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May

29

Dive Number: 584 29/05/2014 Crater Ridge

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: I was very excited to hear about a meteor impact crater off Anglesea just out of the Point Addis Marine Park. It could be seen clearly on the sidescans, but looked reasonably featureless on the inside…and deep. On the Upper ridge however there was a bit more structure showing up in the diveable range. The area didn’t prove all that interesting though, but more sounding in this area looks promising.

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Apr

17

Dive Number: 577 17/04/2014 The Hives, Point Addis Marine Park

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: The conditions were less than ideal on this dive with surge and limited visibility, making it less of a ‘wow’ divesite than the first visit.

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Apr

17

Dive Number: 576 12/04/2014 Davidsons Pinnacle, Point Roadknight

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: Back down to launch from Point Roadknight with Phil and Sandy, the first stop was a tip off from a diver i met during the last visit. He provided some coordinates to a site out from the Boat Ramp. The sounder was playing up so we did a bit of swimming around to find any decent structure, so i’m not sure if we missed his marks or not. The dive wasn’t all that exciting though.

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Apr

1

Dive Number: 575 01/04/2014 The Hives, Point Addis Marine Park

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 14m

Details: Wow..what a site! This area was picked from the sidescans which looked to contain a field of bommies. That is what it proved to be…small bommies scattered about 20m apart with each containing a treasure trove of hidden gems. Each bommie had a different structure to it, some had large swimthroughs with the ceilings covered in zooanthids and gorgonians. Others had ledges with groups of port jackson sharks or big crayfish. Each bommie was buzzing with life; hence it was dubbed “The Hives”..a perfect description of both the structures and the activity of the area. This dive really put the benefit of marine parks on display. On multiple occasions i was viewing Crayfish, Port Jackson Sharks and Blue Devils in the one field of view. You can see in some of the images, 2 Crayfish, 2 Blue-devils and there is actually 5-8 Port Jackson Sharks hiding in the shadows in the background!!! Incredible! Mixed with schools of Salmon passing through, the uncommon Banded Morwong, and Crayfish just wandering around in the open, this is a dive i wont quickly forget. True Abundance…thanks Park Vic for administering a wonderful Marine Park to the benefit of all.

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Apr

1

Dive Number: 574 01/04/2014 Ingoldsby Reef

Conditions:

Visibilty: 12m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: The Point Addis Marine park beckoned again with great conditions for launching at Point Roadknight. First dive was on the back of Ingoldsby Reef where it starts to drop off. Lush lush algae communities and lots of fish around, but the structure was fairly uninteresting until one little overhang provided a small cave that was teaming with fish and provided a hang out for a cuttlefish. Loads of brightly coloured Horseshoe Leatherjackets around.

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Dec

28

Dive Number: 535 28/12/2013 Dales Arch, Point Addis Marine Park

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 18m

Details: Conditions were so good i had to head back to the boat to convince Soph to come for a dive and check out the arch. A unique purple algae was common at this site.

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Dec

28

Dive Number: 534 28/12/2013 Dales Arch, Point Addis Marine Park

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 18m

Details: Based off some of the Lidar scans that Parks Vic had produced of the Point Addis Marine Park, i picked out an interesting looking area and sounded around. The results was a great little site sitting in about 16-18m and rising to 5m. The large bommie was covered in lush kelp and the water clarity and sunny conditions really set off the colours of the kelp. The bommie was teaming with reef fish together with crays, blue devils, rainbow cale and all the common local species. The biggest feature of the site is a big archway which joins the east and west bommies. This was just such an easy and beautiful dive in ideal conditions.

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Nov

27

Dive Number: 518 27/11/2013 Tunnel Reef, Point Addis Marine Reserve, Anglesea

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Despite a great dive off Ingoldsby reef earlier in the day, i really want to sound out some deeper sites. One area looked great on the sounder sitting in about 20m and coming up to 14-15m. I wasn’t disappointed with this site, with lots of swim throughs and overhangs, and some great sponge life.

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Nov

27

Dive Number: 517 27/11/2013 Ingoldsby Reef, Point Addis Marine Reserve, Anglesea

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: I’ve been itching to get back to the Point Addis Marine Reserve…its got so much potential. The first dive was on the outer edge of Ingoldsby Reef. A lush shallow reef system that has a great diversity of algae. I encountered a crayfish just wandering around unprotected along the ground…only in a marine reserve! Towards the end of the dive i came across a piece of wreckage, presumably off the Inverlochy, although that is suppose to be on the shoreward side of the reef.

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Sep

14

Dive Number: 497 14/09/2013 The Olives, Anglesea

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 9m

Details: After the shocking vis out at the 20m mark after the first dive we debated about whether to do a second dive. It seemed a waste not to and we did a shallow dive off The Olives (part of the Point Addis Marine National Park). The Olives reef is about 1km or so offshore but it comes right up to the surface. This was a really cool dive, the vis was much better here and the reef was honeycombed out forming lots of caves and swimthroughs. It was a short dive due to the lack of air, but I really want to get back to dive this place.

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Sep

14

Dive Number: 496 14/09/2013 Point Addis

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 1m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: We launched the inflatable from Point Roadknight and headed out towards the Point Addis Marine National Park to see what sounded up. We could find anything that interesting out deep, but just decided to jump in to see what was around. The visibility was terrible! Why, I have no idea, but it was near black at 20m and a but scary. After poking around we started to ascend, only to be swooped by a Seal on the safety stop. Chris did a little wee in the drysuit…

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